• Welcome
    to First Parish Norwell

  • Join Us
    for Worship Sunday 10 a.m.

  • Imagine a religion
    where inspiration comes from many spiritual sources

  • We are
    a Welcoming Church

  • We Value the
    Inherent Worth & Dignity of Every Person

  • Our goal:
    World Community with Peace, Liberty and Justice for all.

  • We Respect
    the interdependent web of all existence

About Us

First Parish of Norwell is a liberal church in dialogue with the religious questions of the modern world, yet still honoring the best within our Judeo-Christian heritage. Recognizing no distinction of class, sex, nationality, race, age, or sexual orientation, ours is a Welcoming Church that stresses the need for community amidst the impersonality of the secular world. First Parish of Norwell is a member church in the Unitarian Universalist Association. First Parish of Norwell is a distinguished New England congregation serving the area including Norwell, Hanover, Marshfield, Hanson, Hingham, Scituate, Pembroke and other south shore towns for over 360 years. Read More.


"In the bonds of fellowship and love, we unite to cultivate reverence, to promote spiritual growth and ethical commitment, to minister to each other's needs and to those of humanity, to celebrate the sacred moments of life's passage, and to honor the holiness at the heart of being." First Parish Norwell Covenant


People of diverse beliefs gather as one faith. We aspire to create an extended spiritual family where young and old, Christian and non-christian, theist and humanist can offer each other mutual friendship and support in our common spiritual quest.


The Helen Fogg Service Committee coordinates efforts to reach our service goals by working with and contributing to already existing social justice and outreach efforts. Four areas of focus help to organize our work include: Neighbor to Neighbor, Sustainable Development, Education, and Human Rights.

Who We Are

First Parish Norwell

Worship volunteers Needed!

Minister - Reverend Lise Adams Sherry

Rev. Lise feels pastoral care and rites of passage make up one of the more sacred parts of ministry. During these times, Lise hopes people will trust her with their challenges and their joys. Lise has found that simply offering her presence can be one of the more empowering things she does as a minister.

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Minister's Bio

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Minister Emeritus - Rev. Richard M. Fewkes

Join Us for Sunday Services - 10 a.m.

  • sermon
    February 7: Stewardship Sunday
    It's the beginning of our financial stewardship campaign and our day of dreaming and planning for the next year and beyond. How exciting! I look forward to seeing you all there.
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    February 14: Love, Love, Love
    Julian Baptista, DRE and Rev. Lise

    This all-ages service will celebrate love in its many forms and the last Sunday of "30 Days of Standing on the Side of Love." It's also an Outreach Sunday where we'll support School on Wheels.
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    February 21: When Words Don’t Matter
    Rev. Abbey Tennis, pulpit guest

    Caring words can comfort us in sadness; prophetic words can transform injustice. But in the hardest times, words are not always enough. How do we reach beneath language to the depths of each other's spirits?
    Rev. Abbey Tennis serves as the Minister for Worship and Pastoral Care at the First Unitarian Church of Oakland, in Oakland, California. A life-long UU, Abbey was a lay leader for fifteen years prior to entering the ministry, serving as a youth on the UUA board of trustees, working in the UUA's Youth Office, and as a member of the continental UU Ministerial Fellowship Committee. In addition to First Unitarian Church of Oakland, Abbey has served as Interim Director of Advancement at Starr King School for the Ministry and Intern minister at All Souls Church in Washington, D.C. Her previous career included climate change policy work and professional facilitation.
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    February 28: The Musical Theatre Theology of Oscar Hammerstein
    Musical Theatre is often given a bum rap as being superficial and superfluous. It turns out that many musical theatre artists really have quite a lot to say, and Oscar Hammerstein is one who laid the foundation for many others. We'll learn more about him and enjoy some of his music.
  • In Case of Severe Weather
    Should severe weather necessitate cancellation of any church activities, we will make every effort to leave an outgoing message on the church's voicemail and send an all-church email with the cancellation. Depending on the amount of advance notice, check here as well. We will notify WATD radio in Marshfield (95.9 FM), WCVB – TV (Channel 5), WHDH 7News and radio/AM 680. We will also make every effort to post updates on our Facebook page. However, power outages or lack of internet access may affect our ability to communicate with you all. Please be cautious and use your best judgment!
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